Rebecca L. Davis

Rebecca L. Davis

Rebecca L. Davis is the Miller Family Early Career Professor of History at the University of Delaware, with a joint appointment in the Department of Women and Gender Studies. She is the author of More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss (2010), a history of how marriage counseling shaped twentieth-century American religion, social science, and gender politics. She is completing Public Confessions: The Religious Conversions that Changed American Politics, and she is the co-editor of Heterosexual Histories (with Michele Mitchell), forthcoming early 2021 from New York University Press. Her current book project is Sex in America (Liveright). Davis serves as a producer and the story editor for the Sexing History podcast. A former postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, she was a visiting fellow there during the 2016–2017 academic year.

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  • I'm Free to Be Who I Want: How Americans Found Their Truth in an Age of Phonies *
  • Marriage, Sex, and American History *
  • Brainwashing the King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Nation of Islam *
  • Faith, Sex, Congress, and Celebrity: How Clare Boothe Luce Shaped American Culture *
  • These Are a Swinging Bunch of People: How Sammy Davis Jr. Became Jewish

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.